Watercolor Painting for Beginners

OSH 903 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBD
Instructor: Jim Brennan

Course Description

If you've never painted before or have been painting for less than a year, this is a great class to learn or review the foundations of watercolor. This class introduces and includes basic techniques, principles of color, composition, and design and using photographs for reference. Particular attention is given to the development of each student’s personal style. This instructor’s enthusiasm for art and dramatic style as a watercolorist provides stimulation and adventure for the beginning artist. This course will include both studio and plain air painting. You will be given ample time in class to work on your projects, where you will receive assistance and critiques each week. This class is limited to the first 12 registrants.

Note: This class is for those who have been painting for a year or less.

Supply List
  1. Watercolor PaintsTurner or equivalent, size: 15 ml tubes, "open stock".


  • Cadmium Red Medium • Permanent Rose • Lemon Yellow • Yellow Ochre • Ultramarine Blue • Phthalocyanine Blue • Payne's Gray • 
  1. Watercolor Paint BrushesEbony Splendor "open stock" or medium to very good quality of another brand. Brushes: Round (2,6,12) & Bright (14)
  2. Palette: White plastic or china plate or disposable paper pallet pad 9x12, 50 sheets.
  3. Watercolor Paper: One 12 sheet pad, size 11”x15”, preferably gummed on one side, 200 series, 140# by Strathmore or equivalent.
  4. Sketching pencil, Raffine 7000 MARCO #2B
  5. Color wheel, small
  6. Ruler 18" metal   
  7. Eraser by VANISH 2 5/8" L x 3/4" x 3/4" thick
  8. Roll of watercolor tape about 1" wide or drafting tape
  9. Drawing Board (#51847) 19” x 19” to tape watercolor paper to it. Made of wood, Formica, or plastic. Other boards approximate size: 11" x 18" x 1/8” - ¼” thick
 * Cotton dishrag, used and clean

 * Roll of paper towels

 * These items you probably already have at home.

 Notes: Supplies are available at Jerry's Artarama, 1140 SW 67th Avenue, Miami, and show them your list and they will help you gather your supplies and answer your questions.

Please bring all your supplies to the first and all classes.

Jim Brennan is a native Floridian. He graduated with a BA in Humanities from FAU, where his focus was on art and architecture. Jim is a teacher and an award-winning artist in acrylics, watercolor, metal sculpture and wire sculpture mediums. His work has been featured throughout Miami, Palm Beach, Winter Park and Tampa. 

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